Charity and Voluntary Sector
SE: Britain’s greatest Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has teamed up with Sport England to launch an £8m fund to get more disabled people playing sport. The fund – Inclusive Sport - will help to tackle the opportunity gap that sees just 1 in 6 disabled adults playing sport regularly, compared to 1 in 3 non-disabled adults.
CO: A raft of measures designed to encourage more people to volunteer and to make it easier for people to run charities has been published recently. As a sign of the Government’s commitment to continually crack down on red tape, it recently issued a new call for evidence to identify any remaining unnecessary frustrations there might be in this sector.
DCMS: A project to support wounded, injured and sick servicemen & women progress towards representing their country in Paralympic sport, or working in the sector, has recently been backed by Minister for Sport & Olympics Hugh Robertson. The British Paralympic Association and Help for Heroes recently committed to working together on ‘Front Line to Start Line’ at the BT Paralympic World Cup by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.
DWP: Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations (DPULOs) have benefited from £509,124 of extra Government money. These DPULOs, run by & for disabled people, often provide support & services alongside those provided by the public sector. Drawing on their own first hand experience of disability, they have clear ideas about what works and what doesn’t.
As well as offering financial support, the Strengthening DPULOs Programme provides DPULOs with support & advice on how to strengthen & make their organisations more sustainable through its ambassadors. 61 applications for funding have been received from DPULOs across England, 41 of which have been successful.